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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M CANDACE ADORKA.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS... BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL BE FACED WITH THE QUESTION--- SHOULD COUNTY AND CITY GOVERNMENTS MERGE.
THIS MORNING... A GROUP OF PEOPLE GATHERED ON THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN MACON TO SAY NO-- THEY SHOULDNT.
THE GEORGIA SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION... AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES... ORGANIZED THE ANTI-CONSOLIDATION RALLY.
JUDY LE WAS ON SITE TO HEAR WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY...
nat - we're just giving people time to gather here first
SIGNS...STICKERS...AND A LOT OF SPIRIT (nat - no to consolidation)
CITY AND COUNTY EMPLOYEES WHO GATHERED AT CITY HALL AT 11 A-M HAD VERY SIMILAR THINGS TO SAY...
henry gibson, councilman - the consolidatin plan stinks.
gerarld harvey, candidate for state rep district 142 - its a bad bill. it's not necessarily that consolidation is a bad term, this particular bill isn't good for the city of macon nor the county.
marc lewis, macon - it's completely flawed
THE RALLY AGAINST CONSOLIDATON QUICKLY TURNED INTO A MARCH TO THE BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE
nat - people chanting
standup - it talked to the crowd of about 40 people... they all say their biggest concern is the loss of jobs
harvey - now is just not the time to be laying people off
lillie gantt-evans - we are here to help people keep their jobs.... not only that we need to work together not to separate ourselves
BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER...LONZY EDWARDS...(nat - lonzy chanting) WAS ONE OF SEVEN SPEAKERS WHO TOOK THE MEGAPHONE TO RAISE FURTHER CONCERNS...
nat lonzy - whenever you have conflict..one of the first casualties is the truth
lewis - the people who keep saying we have to get this passed or we will never see this again...its like osmebody tryign to sell you a vacuum cleaner saying this is a once only deal if you dont buy it now this deal will end. thats not true. it couldn tbe true. its a sales pitch and im not going for it.
gibson - i respect the mayor or whatever but i have reservations abotu his intentions because thisis his last term but if they consolidate he gets a chance to run again
ALTHOUGH THE RALLY DISPERSED WITHIN AN HOUR...THE STRONG FEELINGS AGAINST CONSOLIDATION REMAINS.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.

gerarld harvey, candidate for state rep district 142

i studied the bill and i don't think its a good bill. i know it's not a good bill. it's not going to benefit the residents of the community or the county so im here to support them.

its a bad bill. it's not necessarily that consolidation is a bad term, this particular bill isn't good for the city of macon nor the county.

now is just not the time to be laying people off

donald tompkins, retired police officer

im not sure about consolidation yet until i foudn out the nitty gritties about what they're going to do and what can be done

henry gibson, councilman

this plan that they threw together in a back room somewhere is not the plan that is going to benefit this city.

the consolidatin plan stinks.

i respect the mayor or whatever but i have reservations abotu his intentions because thisis his last term but if they consolidate he gets a chance to run again

NATS---
no to consolidation
whenever you have conflict..one of the first casualties is the truth
nono chanting

lillie gantt-evans

this was just pulled down on our throats. noone came and spoke to us about it

we are here to help people keep their jobs nto only that we need to work together not separate outselves

i dont htink it will work, not right at the present

marc lewis

its to the point that it cannot be fixed and need to be redont completely. it gives too much power to too few people. it doesnt give enough guarantees to the workers. ic ant vote for this. i dont recommend anyoen vote for this.

the people who keep saying we have to get this passed or we will never see this again...its like osmebody tryign to sell you a vacuum cleaner saying this is a once only deal if you dont buy it now this deal will end. thats not true. it couldn tbe true. its a sales pitch and im not going for it.

i have read most of it...im not a lawyer of course

it's completely flawed
THE PEOPLE WHO JOINED THE RALLY RANGED FROM RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. MANY OF THE POEPLE JUDY SPOKE TO TOLD HER THEY HAVEN'T READ THE ENTIRE BILL... ALTHOUGH THEY INTEND TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

PRESIDENT OBAMA RETURNED TO VIRGINIA FOR A SECOND DAY OF CAMPAIGNING TODAY.
MEANWHILE, MITT ROMNEY'S FORMER RIVAL IS TRYING TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR HIM IN PENNSYLVANIA.
MELISA RANEY REPORTS ON THE POLITICAL TRAIL THIS WEEKEND.
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HEAVY RAIN DIDN'T STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO GLEN ALLEN, VIRGINIA.
IT WAS PART OF A TWO-DAY CAMPAIGN SWING ACROSS THE BATTLE-GROUND STATE HE NARROWLY WON IN 2008.
THE PRESIDENT SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE.
The outcome of this election will determine not just what happens next year or the year after that, but what will happen over the next 20 years.
SATURDAY, THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN RELEASED "THIS" NEW AD FEATURING RIVAL MITT ROMNEY.
Mr. Romney's got a different idea, he's invested in companies that have been called pioneers of outsourcing.
I don't want a pioneer in outsourcing.
THE PRESUMPTIVE G-O-P NOMINEE SPENT THE DAY AT HIS LAKEHOUSE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.
HIS ONE-TIME RIVAL FOR THE NOMINATION --- FORMER SENATOR RICK SANTORUM CAMPAIGNED ON HIS BEHALF FOR THE FIRST TIME... SPEAKING IN GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.
We must rally behind and do everything we possibly can to support Governor Mitt Romney so he's the next President of The United States (applause).
SENATOR ROB PORTMAN -- A POTENTIAL V-P PICK -- GAVE THE GOP'S WEEKLY MEDIA ADDRESS.
There's no denying the challenges America faces today are real and they're serious.
But I know we can solve them with the right policies and the right leadership.
POLLS SHOW MISTER OBAMA HAS A SLIGHT LEAD OVER ROMNEY IN VIRGINIA.
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ROMNEY IS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HIS FAMILY AND DOESN'T PLAN ANY PUBLIC CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES UNTIL TUESDAY.
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A PICK-UP TRUCK INVOLVED IN AN EARLY MORNING CRASH THAT KILLED A ROBERTA MAN.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT... A WITNESS NOTICED A LIGHT COLORED PICK-UP STOP SHORT IN FRONT OF 51-YEAR-OLD JAMES HARVEY COSTLOW'S MOTORCYCLE.
COSTLOW HIT THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AND WAS THROWN OFF.
FIRST RESPONDERS PRONOUNCED HIM DEAD ON THE SCENE.
ANY ONE WITH INFROMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-994-7048
ONCE AGAIN THAT'S 478-994-7048
THE GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS HAS GRANTED A RETRIAL IN THE CASE OF A WOMAN CONVICTED OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN BALDWIN COUNTY.
ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS... IN JULY 2009, TAMMI LYNN MCMULLEN RAN INTO A PARKED VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 441 IN NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY... KILLING TWO MEN.
MONTHS LATER, TESTS REVEALED MCMULLEN HAD SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, MORPHINE AND OTHER DRUGS IN HER BLOOD.
IN FEBRUARY 2011 MCMULLEN WAS CONVICTED OF TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS.
THEN ON THIS PAST MONDAY... JULY 9... THE GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS ORDERED A RETRIAL OF THE HER CASE.
IN THE WRITTEN OPPINION... JUDGE STEPHEN DILLARD SAYS MCMULLEN DESERVES A RETRIAL BECAUSE THE PROSECUTION INTRODUCED A CONVICTION FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE TO MAKE THEIR CASE... BUT THAT CONVICTION HAPPENED TEN YEARS BEFORE THE FATAL ACCIDENT... AND THE COURT DECIDED IT WASN'T SUFFICIENTLY CONNECTED TO THE 2009 ACCIDENT.
NO WORD YET ON WHEN THE RETRIAL WILL BEGIN....
YOU CAN READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE COURTS DECISION ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THE GEORGIA BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES MAY SPARE THE LIFE OF A DEATH ROW INMATE SCHEDULED FOR A LETHAL INJECTION NEXT WEEK.
IN THE MIDST OF SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND...WARREN LEE HILL....KILLED A FELLOW INMATE IN 1990.
THE STATE IS SET TO EXECUTE HIM WEDNESDAY.
HIS LAWYER SAYS HE IS MENTALLY DISABLED AND SHOULDN'T FACE THE DEATH SENTENCE.
FAMILY MEMBERS TESTIFIED ON HIS BEHALF FOR THREE HOURS FRIDAY.
THE BOARD COULD RULE ANY TIME BETWEEN NOW AND HIS EXECUTION DATE.

NEW NUMBERS SHOW GEORGIA ENDED THE 20-12 FISCAL YEAR WITH ALMOST FIVE PERCENT MORE IN THE COFFERS... COMPARED TO THE YEAR BEFORE.
THE PEACH STATE NETTED 16-POINT-1 BILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE.
YESTERDA... GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL TOUTED THE NEW NUMBERS AS A POSITIVE TREND... IT'S THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE QUARTER OF GROWTH.
ECONOMISTS VIEW THESE NUMBERS AS A ROUGH MEASURE OF ECONOMIC HEALTH.. BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT COLLECTS MORE TAX MONEY... AS PEOPLE GET MORE JOBS... EARN BETTER PAY... AND MAKE MORE PURCHASES.

THIS WEEK A TROOP OF VOLUNTEERS SET OUT ON A MISSION TO DO SOME HOME IMPROVEMENT FOR SOME OF MACON'S NEEDY AND ELDERLY PEOPLE.
WE WERE ON HAND...AS THEY GOT TO WORK ON ONE HOUSE OFF OF KING STREET IN MACON.
VOLUNTEERS SPENT THE DAY PAINTING THE HOUSE WHITE WITH RED TRIM...
EARLIER IN THE WEEK...THEY DID ROOF REPAIRS.
ETHEL MAE BROWN...WHO OWNS THE HOUSE...SAYS WITHOUT THEIR HELP...SHE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THESE REPAIRS.
Ethel Mae Brown, Macon: I don't have words to say, I don't have words to explain how glad I am and how grateful I am, you know for all of them coming here and doing this for me, because I know it was god that did it.
THROUGH THIS YOUTH MISSION PROJECT...THEY HAVE FIXED OVER 330 HOMES SINCE 2003.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER THE SOUTHEAST... MONTHS OF CATTLE REARING CULMINATES IN THE GEORGIA JUNIOR BEEF FUTURITY.
Nats of Cows (4 SECONDS)
THIS IS THE THIRD AND LAST DAY OF THE 4-H COMPETITION AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY.
JUDGES COMBED THE EXHIBITS LOOKING FOR THE BEST AND MOST PROMISING SPECIMENS OF CATTLE.
4-H AND FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA MEMBERS FROM GEORGIA, ALABAMA, AND FLORIDA SHOWED OFF 387 HEAD OF CATTLE IN ALL.
AT THE HEIFER COMPETITION TODAY... THE COWS WERE JUDGED ON CONFORMATION... THATS THE SKELETAL AND MUSCULAR STRUCTURE OF THE ANIMAL.
EXHIBITORS SAY THE COMPETITION WAS STIFF..
Branson Beasley, Southwest Georgia "It's real hard all these cows from Florida and Alabama and GA they from all around here. Some of these older ones are bigger and you can't get around them"
Mekayla McIver, Ray Georgia "The competition it was hard because my cow so little and like the other cows are taller and bigger than mine"
SINCE THURSDAY... JUDGES GAVE AWARDS FOR GOOD SHOWMANSHIP... THE MOST IMPRESSIVE STEERS... AND TODAY... THEY PICKED THE 5 BEST HEIFFERS.

FROM HEFTY HEIFERS TO PROUD POOCHES... A DOG COMPETITION HAS ALSO BEEN GOING ON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY.
Nats of Dogs (7seconds)
THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB PUT ON THEIR ANNUAL AGILITY DOG SHOW THIS WEEK.
ABOUT 550 DOGS HAVE BEEN COMPETING SINCE THURSDAY.
THEY RACED THROUGH AN OBSTACLE COURSE TO TEST THEIR SPEED... JUMPING ABILITY AND HOW WELL THEY WENT THROUGH EACH OBSTACLE.
JENNIFER (DE-NE-RAY) DENEREAZ DROVE FROM CANTON TO SHOW OFF HER POOCHES.
SHE SAYS THE COMPETITION IS TOUGH... BUT ITS ALL ABOUT HAVING A GOOD TIME.
Jennifer Denereaz, Canton Georgia "You put a lot of training and invest a lot of emotionally commitment. You see a lot of friends from different areas that you haven't seen so there is a social component as well so its just a good time with friends, humans and canine"
THE AGILITY DOG SHOW WRAPS UP TOMORROW, WITH THE DAY'S EVENTS STARTING AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING.
SHOPPERS AT THE FARMERS MARKET IN BYRON CAME AWAY WITH A LITTLE MORE THAN THEIR GROCERIES TODAY...
Nats "There you go" (2 seconds)
THE FARMERS MARKET FEATURED FREE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM IN A VARIETY OF FLAVORS.
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE STOPPED BY TO STOCK UP ON LOCALLY-SOURCED PRODUCE... AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE ORGANIZERS... BYRON BETTER HOMETOWN... WAS HOPING FOR.
TIFFANY PEAVY... MANAGER OF THE ORGANIZATION SAYS THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL IS PART OF A FEW EVENTS THEY HOLD EACH MONTH TO GROW THE FARMERS MARKET AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SHOP LOCAL.
Tiffany Peavy "If you spend a $100 in your Byron community at least 70 dollars of that hundred stays in the community so it's important to shop, eat local, buy local"
Sherri Hartley, I just think it's great for people to get out here and they work so hard doing what they do and it's nice for people to support them"
THE FARMERS MARKET IS OPEN EVERY SATURDAY FROM 9 TO 1 P-M IN THE PARK ON JAILHOUSE ALLEY IN DOWNTOWN BYRON
UP FOR AUCTION TONIGHT AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION... A GREEN EGG GRILL... TRIPS TO ST. SIMONS AND SAVANNAH... BIKES... MATTRESSES... AN ANTIQUE CABINET... AND MUCH.. MUCH MORE.
THOSE WERE JUST SOME OF OVER 400 ITEMS THAT MADE UP THE A SILENT AUCTION AT THE MUSEUM'S FUNDRAISER.
IN ADDITION TO SOME PRETTY COOL ITEMS.... BIDDERS AT THE 27TH ANNUAL AUCTION RAFFLE AND TASTE OF LOCAL CURSINE... HAD SOME CULINARY DELIGHTS TO TASTE... WITH OVER A DOZEN RESTURANTS HELPING TO CATER THE EVENT...
Emily barton" its good for the community, it raises money for the museum, there are all kinds of programs here. The children grow up and they take these experiances on as adults"
THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE MUSEUM OF AVAITION FOUNDATION... JUNE LOWE SAYS ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED TONIGHT WILL HELP FUND THE EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE MUSEUM.

 

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